Victor Ortiz vs. Devon Alexander & Caleb Plant vs. Rogelio Medina El Paso Media Workout

Feb 17, 2018
Victor Ortiz vs. Devon Alexander & Caleb Plant vs. Rogelio Medina
El Paso Media Workout Quotes & Photos
 
Ortiz vs. Alexander & Plant vs. Medina Featured in Premier Boxing Champions on FOX & FOX Deportes Action Saturday, February 17 Live from Don Haskins Center in El Paso, Texas

 Photos from Ruben Ramirez

EL PASO, TX. (February 14, 2018) – Former welterweight world champions Victor Ortiz and Devon Alexander showed off their skills at a media workout in El Paso Wednesday, as they prepare for their Saturday, February 17 showdown that headlines Premier Boxing Champions on FOX & FOX Deportes action from Don Haskins Center on the UTEP campus in El Paso, Texas.
Also in attendance at Wednesday’s workout were undefeated contender Caleb “Sweethands” Plant and Rogelio “Porky” Medina, who battle in a super middleweight world title eliminator. Televised coverage begins at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT and also features 2016 U.S. Olympian Karlos Balderas battling Jorge Rojas.
Tickets for the event, which is promoted by TGB Promotions, are on sale now and can be purchased through Ticketmaster.
 
Here is what the fighters had to say Wednesday from the Wolves Den Boxing Gym:
VICTOR ORTIZ
“I had a great training camp. I just made sure to listen to my coach every day and grind every day with my team. You really have to grind when people say this is your ‘last chance,’ because I’m not ready for that.
“Every fight shows a lot. Every time I step into the ring it’s a new challenge. I haven’t had any shortcuts throughout my career. I’ve never treated a fight like an easy fight.
“Life tends to take you certain places and right now I’m where I’m supposed to be. I’m 31-years-old and I believe I’m going to be able to accomplish all my goals in this sport.
“Devon Alexander is a very fast boxer who was a champion for a reason. We’ve prepared for him in each and every way possible. We’ve worked hard to be in the best condition possible. I won’t step out of the ring without that victory.
“I’ve done what I have to do to prepare for Devon Alexander. I have speed and power and that’s a scary combination for any welterweight.
“I’m thankful for the support of El Paso and I’m proud to be fighting in the main event on Saturday. We’re here to perform for everybody and have a great time.”
DEVON ALEXANDER
“I feel great right now. It’s been a tremendous training camp and I’m ready to go. I’m happy to be in El Paso to do something I love to do. Boxing is what I was born to do and I’m just ready for Saturday.
“Victor Ortiz is a good fighter. We’ve known each other for a long time. We used to fight in a lot of the same amateur tournaments. We go back a long way but this is business. We’re not friends in the ring. We’re not playing games.
“This fight is very important to me. This can catapult me back to title contention. If this doesn’t go my way, it’s very bad for my career. If I pull out the win, it could lead to tremendous opportunities for me. This is a do-or-die fight.
“I’ve added more power in this camp. But we’ve pretty much kept it typical with that emphasis on really looking good on fight night. It’s just been an all-around good camp. Victor Ortiz can’t bring something that we haven’t seen before.”
CALEB PLANT
“I’m ready for this fight. A lot of boxers say they had their best camp heading into a big fight, but I truly have never had a camp this good. From sparring to conditioning, mentally and spiritually, I’m on point.
“Medina is a tough competitor. He puts it all on the line and he doesn’t quit. We’ve had problems in the past getting people to quit, but I feel we’ve figured out how to take me to that next level and get these guys out of there.
“This is a great USA vs. Mexico showdown. I’m coming to put on a show for all the fans here and watching on television.
“Everyone has a plan until they miss their first 40 punches. We both have plans, but all that matters is if you can translate that into the ring. Stylistically, I don’t think he’s fought anyone like me. It’s exciting because everyone knows what both of us are coming to do. It’s the bull versus the matador.”
ROGELIO MEDINA
“The fact that I’ve been sparring with David Benavidez in camp and have Alex Ariza around has me feeling very confident. I’m in great shape and will be ready for a great performance on fight night.
“I know that Plant likes to run and stay on the outside. Once he feels my power, I know he’s going to run even more. I’ve been making sure I’m in proper condition to chase him, cut the ring off and apply pressure.
“Everyone knows I like to fight coming forward. I’m fully confident in my abilities to get this win and earn another shot at the world title.”
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Ray Beltran: “Esta Es La Pelea Más Importante De Mi Carrera”

Feb 17, 2018

Ray Beltran: “Esta Es La Pelea Más Importante De Mi Carrera”

El contendiente mexicano intentará lograr dos de sus más grandes sueños
ESTE VIERNES, 16 de febrero, en el 
Grand Sierra Resort deReno, Nevada

En vivo en ESPN, ESPN Deportes, y el app móvil de ESPN

• CONFERENCIA DE PRENSA

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• BELTRAN ENTRENA EN RENO

RENO, NV (14 de febrero del 2018) — Habrá mucho en juego este viernes, 16 de febrero, cuando el contendiente mexicano Ray Beltrán se enfrente al ex campeón mundial Paulus Moses en el Grand Sierra Resort en Reno, Nevada. Beltrán y Moisés batallarán por el vacante título peso ligero de la Organización Mundial de Boxeo (OMB), pero para Beltrán, esta pelea significa mucho más que eso. Él también peleará por su sueño de convertirse en residente permanente de los Estados Unidos.

Beltrán (34-7-1, 21 KOs), natural de Los Mochis, Sinaloa, México, que ahora reside en Phoenix, Arizona, luchará por obtener su ‘green card’ y así poder permanecer en los Estados Unidos junto a su familia bajo la categoría de Habilidad Extraordinaria como Boxeador Profesional (EB-1) Categoría de Primera Preferencia basada en el Empleo. Una victoria por el título mundial le asegurará su estado permanente.

“Esta es la pelea más importante de mi carrera, donde finalmente tengo la oportunidad de hacer realidad dos de mis sueños en una noche. El primero es ser campeón mundial y el segundo en convertirme en residente permanente de los Estados Unidos,” dijo Beltrán, quien entra a esta pelea habiendo ganado cuatro de sus últimas cinco peleas por nocaut. “Prometo dar un gran espectáculo para todos los fanáticos y mostrarle al mundo por qué soy el peso ligero más peligroso del mundo. Traigo conmigo 18 años de experiencia en el ring, mi sangre y sudor de 42 peleas que he batallado para llegar a este punto. Ningún hombre me negará mis sueños. Este viernes, el mismo Moses no podrá salvar a Moses,” agregó el ex compañero de guanteo del campeón mundial de ocho divisiones Manny” Pacman “Pacquiao.

Moses (40-3, 25 KOs), de Windhoek, Namibia, capturó el título mundial ligero de la AMB en 2009 cuando viajó a Yokohama, Japón, para derrotar al campeón defensor y favorito local, Yusuke Kobori, por decisión unánime. Después de una exitosa defensa del título, una victoria por decisión unánime sobre Takehiro Shimada, el reinado de 16 meses de Moses como campeón mundial terminó en 2010 a manos de Miguel Acosta. Desde que perdió una decisión unánime ante Ricky Burns en su pelea por el campeonato mundial de peso ligero OMB 2012, Moses ha logrado un impresionante récord de 11-1, 1 NC.

“Soy jefe de policía en mi país, y trato con tipos rudos todo el tiempo. Beltrán no será diferente”, dijo Moses, un veterano que ha peleado profesionalmente en Asia, Europa y África, y que ahora estará haciendo su debut en los Estados Unidos contra Beltrán. “Él es un peleador experimentado que se ha enfrentado a muchos buenos oponentes, pero yo estoy aquí para ganar y llevarme el título a casa conmigo.”

El evento co-estelar contará con el invicto campeón de peso welter NABF Egidijus “The Mean Machine” Kavaliuskas (18-0, 15 KOs), de Oxnard, California, a través de Kaunas, Lituania, defendiendo su título contra el ex campeón mundial David “Ava “Avanesyan (23-2-1, 11 KOs), de Pyatigorsk, Rusia, en una batalla de 10 asaltos entre dos de los mejores contendientes del peso welter.

El evento del campeonato mundial Beltrán vs. Moses / Kavaliuskas vs. Avanesyan será televisado en vivo y exclusivamente este viernes a las 9 p.m. EST en ESPN y ESPN Deportes, y a través de la app móvil de ESPN desde a las 7 p.m. EST.

El evento de campeonato también contará con el regreso del medallista de plata, el olímpico estadounidense Shakur Stevenson (4-0, 2 KOs), de Newark, NJ. Stevenson tiene una relación única con Reno, donde comenzó cada año desde 2013 hasta 2015 ganando un título nacional como aficionado. Además, ganó la medalla de oro y el premio al mejor boxeador en el Pre-Olímpico del 2016. Stevenson nunca ha perdido en Reno.

El dos-veces retador del campeonato mundial de peso pesado y clasificado mundial Bryant Jennings (21-2, 12 KOs), de Filadelfia, también se presentará en las peleas de respaldo, en una pelea a ocho asaltos.

En una promoción de Top Rank®, en asociación con Let’s Get It On Promotions, las entradas restantes para el evento del campeonato mundial de Beltrán-Moses a un precio de $79, $54 y $29, incluyendo los cargos por servicio, se pueden comprar en línea en www.grandsierra.com, en la boletería del Gran Teatro, de 9 a.m. a 9 p.m. PT, todos los días o llamdo por teléfono al 1-775-789-1115.

Para más información, visite: www.toprank.com, www.espn.com / boxing; Facebook facebook.com/trboxing, facebook.com/trboxeo, facebook.com/espndeportes; Twitter twitter.com/trboxing, twitter.com/trboxeo, @ESPN @ESPNBoxeo @ESPNDeportes. Utilize el hashtag #BeltranMoses para unirte a la conversación en las redes sociales.

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CLAVES PARA LA VICTORIA DANNY GARCIA vs. BRANDON RIOS

Feb 16, 2018

CLAVES PARA LA VICTORIA

DANNY GARCIA vs. BRANDON RIOS

Sábado 17 de Febrero a las 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT

En Vivo Por SHOWTIME ®

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El ex campeón mundial en dos divisiones Danny “Swift” Garcia regresa al cuadrilátero para enfrentarse al ex monarca Brandon “Bam Bam” Rios en una pelea eliminatoria por la posibilidad de competir por el título welter de la CMB. Sábado 17 de febrero en vivo por SHOWTIME (10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT) desde el Mandalay Bay Events Center en Las Vegas.

Raúl “El Diamante” Márquez, analista de SHOWTIME y ex campeón del mundo, explora las claves para la victoria y advierte que García tiene que boxear inteligente, usando todo el ring y evitando una pelea de choque, mientras que Ríos tiene que tirar jabs sólidos, forzar a García a hacer una pelea ruda y callejera y tratar de mantener la pelea en la corta distancia. Vea el video aquí: http://s.sho.com/2Ej2QsV

SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING® estará disponible en español a través de programación de audio secundario (SAP).

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SENIESA ‘SUPER BAD’ ESTRADA ENCABEZARÁ EL REGRESO DE LA FIGHT CLUB

Feb 16, 2018
SENIESA ‘SUPER BAD’ ESTRADA ENCABEZARÁ EL REGRESO DE 
LA FIGHT CLUB CONTRA SONIA OSORIO EL 16 DE MARZO EN
BOXEO ESTELAR A TRAVÉS DE ESTRELLATV
 
ÓSCAR DUARTE, EXPLOSIVO PROSPECTO DE PESO LIGERO, VOLVERÁ 
EN EL CHOQUE CO ESTELAR
 
JOUSCE GONZÁLEZ COMBATIRÁ EN EL PRIMER PLEITO TELEVISADO
 
¡Boletos están a la venta!
 
LOS ÁNGELES, California 14 de febrero de 2018. – Seniesa “Super Bad” Estrada (11-0, 2 nocáuts), quien está ayudando a contribuir con el buen momento que atraviesa actualmente el boxeo femenil, expondrá su enorme talento cuando encabece el anticipado retorno de LA FIGHT CLUB el 16 de marzo en un pleito a ocho asaltos en peso mosca contra la experimentada Sonia Osorio (8-5-1, 1 nocaut) en el Belasco Theater en Los Ángeles, California y televisado en vivo por Boxeo Estelar a través de EstrellaTV.
 
Estrada, prospecto de peso mosca, firmó con Golden Boy Promotions en enero de este año. La nativa del Este de Los Ángeles, California capturó varios campeonatos como boxeadora amateur antes de realizar su debut en el boxeo de paga. La emocionante pugilista de 24 años de edad se ha convertido desde entonces en uno de los nombres más grandes del boxeo femenil, participando en importantes carteleras como en una edición de LA FIGHT CLUB en 2016.
 
“Estoy emocionada y lista para hacer mi debut con Golden Boy Promotions en mi ciudad natal”, dijo Seniesa Estrada. “He estado trabajando más que nunca para dar un gran espectáculo para mis aficionados y para los quien jamás me han visto pelear. Espero entretener y obtener más aficionados durante mi carrera con Golden Boy Promotions, y no puedo esperar para arrancar el año 2018 con una gran victoria,” puntualizó.
 
Osorio, estudiante de la escuela mexicana de boxeo, solamente ha participado en peleas difíciles en su carrera. La pugilista de 24 años regresará tras una victoria por decisión unánime ante la experimentada Noemí Bosques, y está lista para arruinar el debut de Estrada con Golden Boy Promotions y en su propio territorio.
 
“Estoy emocionada de estelarizar este combate ante Seniesa Estrada, y más que nada pelear en California por primera vez,” dijo Sonia Osorio. “Sabemos que Estrada es un estandarte del boxeo femenil en Estados Unidos, pero voy a demostrar que las peleadoras mexicanas no temen combatir fuera de su país y en su propio gallinero.”
 
Óscar Duarte (12-0, 8 nocáuts) de Parral, Chihuahua, México peleará en una batalla a seis giros en el choque co estelar en peso ligero. Duarte retornará tras vencer a Juan José Montes a finales del cuarto asalto en octubre del año pasado.
 
Jousce “Tito” González (6-0, 6 nocáuts) abrirá la transmisión de Boxeo Estelar en un combate a seis asaltos en la división superpluma. González, el hermano menor de Joet González, es un prospecto con poder en ambos puños quien buscará retener su racha invicta de nocáuts en su primera pelea oficialmente bajo la bandera de Golden Boy Promotions.
 
Antonio “Relentless” Orozco (26-0, 17 nocáuts) de San Diego, California realizará su anticipado retorno en una pelea a ocho asaltos en peso superligero. Blair Cobbs (7-0, 5 nocáuts), el prospecto recientemente firmado por Golden Boy Promotions y residente de Las Vegas, Nevada, abrirá la noche de acción en un pleito a seis giros en peso welter.
 
Los peleadores de este emocionante respaldo serán anunciados en breve.
 
Estrada vs. Osorio es un choque a ocho asaltos en peso mosca presentado por Golden Boy Promotions. El evento es patrocinado por Tecate “THE OFFICIAL BEER OF BOXING” y Casa México Tequila. La transmisión en vivo de Boxeo Estelar a través de EstrellaTV iniciará a las 10:00 p.m. ET/7:00 p.m. PT., y también por EstrellaTV.com y YouTube a través de LBI Media, Inc.’s Fenómeno Studios. Marque su calendario y compre boletos por adelantado antes que se agoten para los eventos del 6 de abril, 1 de junio, 6 de julio, 10 de agosto, y el 12 de octubre, con posiblemente más fechas en el futuro.
 
Los boletos para LA FIGHT CLUB comienzan desde el precio, al alcance de los aficionados, de $25 y están disponible para su compra en www.goldenboytickets.com, la página oficial de Facebook de Golden Boy Promotions, o llamando al 213-233-2957.
 
Para más información visite: www.goldenboypromotions.com, www.thebelasco.com, y www.estrellatv.com. Síganos en Twitter: @GoldenBoyBoxing y @EstrellaTV. Conviértase en un fanático de Facebook en www.facebook.com/GoldenBoyBoxing, www.facebook.com/TheBelascoLA y www.facebook.com/EstrellaTVNetwork. Visítenos en Instagram @GoldenBoyBoxing, @belascola y @EstrellaTV. Siga la conversación utilizando #LAFIGHTCLUB y #BoxeoEstelar.
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Fight Of The Year Candidate Headlines UFC Debut In Glendale

Feb 16, 2018

FIGHT OF THE YEAR CANDIDATE BETWEEN (#5) DUSTIN POIRIER AND (#6) JUSTIN GAETHJE HEADLINES UFC® DEBUT IN GLENDALE

FEATURED BOUTS INCLUDE:
(#12) CARLOS CONDIT vs. MATT BROWN
(#6) WILSON REIS vs. (#10) JOHN MORAGA

TICKETS FOR UFC® FIGHT NIGHT®: POIRIER vs. GAETHJE
AT GILA RIVER ARENA GO ON SALE FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 16

Las Vegas – The UFC® will debut in Glendale, Ariz. with an explosive matchup of lightweight contenders pitting No.5-ranked Dustin Poirier against No.6 Justin Gaethje. UFC FIGHT NIGHT®: POIRIER vs. GAETHJE takes place at Gila River Arena on Saturday, April 14.

Poirier (22-5, 1NC, fighting out of Coconut Creek, Fla.) is looking to continue his ascent up the 155-pound rankings with another spectacular performance. In his most recent outing, the exciting finisher earned a thrilling TKO victory against former champion Anthony Pettis to push his unbeaten streak to three bouts. During his run in the ultra-competitive lightweight division, he’s also bested Jim Miller, Bobby Green and Yancy Medeiros. Poirier now aims to take another impressive step towards a title shot and add to his long list of Fight Night bonuses.

Safford, Ariz. native Gaethje (18-1, fighting out of Arvada, Colo.) has proven to be must-watch television since joining the UFC roster last summer. Though he’s only fought twice in the world’s largest mixed martial arts organization, both bouts were for the ages. His stunning comeback TKO win over Michael Johnson was selected by UFC.com as Fight of the Year for 2017, with his wild war against Eddie Alvarez taking the runner-up spot. Gaethje now looks to rebound from the first loss of his career and reassert himself among the lightweight division’s elite.

UFC FIGHT NIGHT®: POIRIER vs. GAETHJE will also feature a welterweight thriller that will see former interim welterweight champion and No.12-ranked contender Carlos Condit battle dangerous striker and perennial fan favorite Matt Brown.

An aggressive striker and crafty grappler, Condit (30-11, fighting out of Albuquerque, N.M.) has engaged in some of the most epic fights in MMA history. During his 16-year career, he’s earned legendary victories over Nick Diaz, Dan Hardy, Rory MacDonald, Martin Kampmann and Dong Hyun Kim. Condit is now gunning to kick off 2018 with a bang by taking out a fellow veteran.

A self-labelled technical brawler, Brown (23-16, fighting out of Denver, Colo.) is known for delivering fireworks each time he steps inside the Octagon®. He holds exciting wins against Stephen Thompson, Tim Means, Erick Silva and Mike Pyle. His recent finish of Diego Sanchez was named fourth best KO of 2017 by UFC.com. Brown looks to continue his momentum with another highlight-reel KO.

Additional bouts on the card include:

  • Former flyweight title challengers collide when No.6-ranked Wilson Reis (22-8, fighting out of San Diego, Calif. by way of Januaria, Brazil) takes on No.10 John Moraga (18-6, fighting out of Phoenix, Ariz.)
  • In a battle of strawweight contenders, No.7-ranked Michelle Waterson (14-6, fighting out of Albuquerque, N.M.) faces No.12 Cortney Casey (7-5, fighting out of Glendale, Ariz.)
  • Gritty brawler Tim Boetsch (21-11, fighting out of Sunbury, Penn.) meets submission ace Antonio Carlos Jr. (10-2 1NC, fighting out of Coconut Creek, Fla. by way of Joao Pessoa, Brazil)
  • Undefeated Indo-Canadian heavyweight Arjan Singh Bhullar (7-0, fighting out of Vancouver, Canada) squares off with Polish standout Adam Wieczorek (9-1, fighting out of Chorzow, Poland)
  • No.14-ranked women’s flyweight Shana Dobson (3-1, fighting out of Fort Worth, Texas) welcomes DANA WHITE’S TUESDAY NIGHT CONTENDER SERIES contract winner Lauren Mueller (4-0, fighting out of San Diego, Calif.)
  • No.13-ranked middleweight contender Krzysztof Jotko (19-3, fighting out of Orneta, Poland) returns against No.15 Brad Tavares (16-5, fighting out of Las Vegas, Nev.)
  • In an exciting welterweight bout, The Ultimate Fighter® veteran Dhiego Lima (14-6, fighting out of Atlanta, Ga. by way of Goiania, Brazil) locks horns with former middleweight title challenger Yushin Okami (34-11, fighting out of Kanagawa, Japan)

For the latest information on additional bouts for this event, please visit www.ufc.com. All bouts live and subject to change.

Visit the UFC® Press Portal for information and content to support your UFC coverage.

UFC FIGHT NIGHT®: POIRIER vs. GAETHJE will air live on FOX at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT on Saturday, Feb. 24, with the prelims kicking off the evening on FOX at 6 p.m. ET/3 p.m. PT and on UFC FIGHT PASS® at 4 p.m. ET/1 p.m. PT. Doors open at 3 p.m. ET/Noon PT.

Tickets for UFC FIGHT NIGHT®: POIRIER vs. GAETHJE go on sale Friday, February 16 at 10 a.m. MST and are priced at $160, $130, $115, $90, $80, $70, $60 and $50 (does not include fees). Tickets are available for purchase online at www.ticketmaster.com. Ticket sales are limited to eight (8) per person.

UFC Fight Club® members will have the opportunity to purchase tickets Wednesday, February 14 at 10 a.m. MST via the website www.ufcfightclub.com. A special Internet ticket pre-sale will be available to UFC newsletter subscribers Thursday, February 15 starting at 10 a.m. MST. To access this presale, users must register for the UFC newsletter through UFC.com.

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LA FIGHT CLUB AT THE BELASCO THEATER IS BACK!

Feb 7, 2018
LA FIGHT CLUB AT THE BELASCO THEATER IS BACK!
 
GOLDEN BOY PROMOTIONS’ WILDLY POPULAR SERIES RETURNS TO DOWNTOWN LA AND ESTRELLATV ON MARCH 16
 
NEW FAN-FRIENDLY TICKET PRICES FOR THIS EXCLUSIVE SERIES TO START AT ONLY $25
 
LOS ANGELES (Feb. 7, 2018): Following a 2017 that saw massive knockouts, shocking upsets and the rise of several Golden Boy Promotions prospects, LA FIGHT CLUB returns on March 16 for its inaugural 2018 show live from the Belasco Theater in Downtown, Los Angeles, Calif. and live on EstrellaTV’s Boxeo Estelar. The series will continue on April 6, June 1, July 6, Aug. 10, and Oct. 12, with more possible dates to follow.
 
“LA Fight Club was popular beyond any of our imaginations throughout 2017, and we are proud to bring it back,” said Oscar De La Hoya, CEO and Chairman of Golden Boy Promotions. “We saw a little bit of everything that boxing has to offer at the Belasco last year including upsets, knockouts, the development of future world champions, and I am looking forward to 2018 delivering even more.”
 
Among the highlights from 2017:
  • Virtually unknown outside of his native Philippines, lightweight “Ruthless” Romero Duno (16-1, 14 KOs) arrived at the Belasco Theater in March as an opponent to then-undefeated and hot prospect Christian “Chimpa” Gonzalez (18-1, 15 KOs). Less than six minutes later, Duno scored a brutal knockout that led to a contract with Golden Boy Promotions and has placed him in position for huge fights in 2018 and beyond.
  • Longtime Nicaraguan super featherweight contender Rene “Gemelo” Alvarado (28-8, 19 KOs), once again upset the apple cart as an opponent, forcing the corner of then-undefeated Venezuelan Roger “The Kid” Gutierrez (17-1-1, 14 KOs) to call off the July 14 main event in the seventh round of a scheduled eight.  Alvarado would go on to knock off former world-title contender Denis Shafikov (38-4-1, 20 KOs) later in the year.
  • One-time highly touted super featherweight prospect Charles Huerta (20-5, 12 KOs) resurrected his career in the April main event at the Belasco Theater, knocking out then-unbeaten prospect Ivan “Striker” Delgado (11-1-1, 4 KOs). Once the referee waived off the bout following Huerta’s two knockdowns of Delgado in the third round, the Paramount, California native’s career was back in full swing.
Fighters appearing on the March 16 card will be announced shortly.
 
LA FIGHT CLUB is an innovative boxing series that showcases the best and brightest stars of the exclusive Golden Boy Promotions stable. The events will be sponsored by Tecate, “THE OFFICIAL BEER OF BOXING” and Casa Mexico Tequila. The series will return to the Belasco Theater in Downtown Los Angeles, Calif. on Friday, March 16, along with EstrellaTV’s Boxeo Estelar. Mark your calendars and buy your tickets for the upcoming shows on April 6, June 1, July 6, Aug. 10, and Oct. 12.
 
Tickets for LA FIGHT CLUB start at the fan-friendly price of $25 and are available for purchase now at www.goldenboytickets.com, the Golden Boy Promotions Facebook page, or by calling 213-233-2957.
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Ismael Villarreal Shoulders Responsibilities In and Out of the Ring

Feb 7, 2018

Ismael Villarreal Shoulders Responsibilities In and Out of the Ring

Bronx, New York) – Sixty thousand community college students participate in athletic competition, according to the NCAA. Another 400,000 compete if you include four-year college students. Only two percent will ever become professional athletes.
Twenty-year-old Bronx native Ismael Villarreal (1-0) has already beaten those odds. The two-time New York Golden Gloves champion won his first bout as a professional boxer in November in his debut at The Theater at Madison Square Garden. Villarreal returns to the big stage again at The Garden on Saturday, March 3 on the non-televised undercard of Sergey Kovalev vs. Igor Mikhalkin in a four-round junior middleweight bout against Anthony Woods (1-5) of Douglasville, Georgia.
“I never thought I was going to return (to Madison Square Garden) that quick,” said Villarreal. “It’s pretty cool, and I get to fight in my hometown, so I like it.”
Villarreal remains in New York between fights in order to balance his full-time training schedule and full-time course load at Brooklyn Community College. He is a physical education major, studying subjects including biology and education, with the goal of becoming a teacher. “You’ve always got to have a backup plan. Anything can happen… I can’t drop school.”
Villarreal competed as an amateur while attending Belmont Preparatory High School, founded in the Bronx in 2002 for academically talented students throughout the community. Many of his teachers there became boxing fans, and Villarreal expects to see many of them for his second fight at Madison Square Garden. “They’ve always been supportive,” said Villarreal.
His community college classmates and instructors aren’t as aware of Villarreal’s second full-time job as a professional boxer: “Sometimes they find me on the internet. I would have told them, but I don’t want to interrupt class saying ‘hey, I’m a boxer!'”
Juggling the demands of training and his school obligations makes time management critically important for Villarreal. “I have to go every day, my only day off is Friday. I still have to focus on running, on homework, on the gym. It’s tough but I’ll make it through,” said Villarreal.
Villarreal says the real exhaustion is mental more than physical. “When I go to school and I’m boxing, it’s definitely hard. Some can do it, some can’t … Sometimes it’s hard to manage… no one can say it’s easy, it’s a challenge.”
But Villarreal has discovered the value of discipline, and he says it benefits him in multiple ways. “I’ve always been disciplined when it comes to schoolwork. If anything, I become more disciplined with boxing from the schoolwork,” explained Villarreal.
For his upcoming fight, Villarreal is dropping from middleweight to junior middleweight (154 pounds). He says he’s working on being more active and throwing more punches, especially working to the body. Villarreal’s plan for 2018 is to stay active in the ring. But he also understands at this stage of his career, “sometimes you get tired of waiting, but patience is important … I know everything will pay off in the future.”
About March 3:  The Saturday, March 3 main event between Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev and Igor Mikhalkin is a 12-round match-up for the WBO Light Heavyweight World Title at the Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York City. The co-main event features WBA Light Heavyweight World Champion Dmitry Bivol versus Sullivan Barrera in a 12-round title fight. Tickets range from $50 to $300 and are available at TicketMaster.com and the Madison Square Garden box office. The event is promoted by Main Events, Krusher Promotions and World of Boxing in association with EC Box Promotions and will be televised live on HBO World Championship Boxing® at 10:05 p.m. ET/PT.

 

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*ROY JONES JUNIOR FLASH QUOTES*

Feb 7, 2018

*ROY JONES JUNIOR FLASH QUOTES*

JONES FIGHTS THIS THURSDAY, FEB 8, LIVE & EXCLUSIVE ON UFC FIGHT PASS®

FORMER BOXING WORLD CHAMP JEFF LACY ADDED TO BROADCAST BOOTH

 

Las Vegas – One of the greatest careers in ring history will come to close this Thursday night, when the legendary Roy Jones Junior competes in his final bout as a professional boxer.

Widely considered one of the very best pound-for-pound fighters of all time Jones, 65-9 (47KOs), competes in cruiserweight (200lbs) bout vs Scott Sigmon, 30-11-1 (16KOs). The 10-rounder serves as the main event to a five fight Island Fights main card which features both boxing and mixed martial arts bouts.

The event will be live-streamed and available on video-on-demand basis exclusively on UFCFIGHTPASS, the UFC’s digital streaming service.

Joining combat sport play-by-play veteran TJ De Santis in the commentator booth will be Jeff Lacy. Known as “Left Hook” during his boxing career, Lacy represented the United States at the 2000 Olympics and went on to win the same IBF super-middleweight title Jones had annexed a decade earlier. Lacy also fought Jones in 2009 (the entire fight is available on UFC FIGHT PASS) and will bring a wealth of knowledge to the event.

ROY JONES JUNIOR FLASH QUOTES:

 

ON FIGHTING ON UFC FIGHT PASS

“This is the first live boxing on UFC FIGHT PASS. I love being the first to do something, so to be the first boxing event on UFC FIGHT PASS is cool. When I turned pro back in 1989, I said I wanted to bring new audiences boxing and that’s what I tried to do. By having my last night as a fighter on the UFC’s (streaming service) I’m bringing new eyeballs to boxing and I’m throwing a spotlight on the boxing and MMA fighters who are on the event.

 

“I’m been a fan of the UFC for years. Me and (UFC President) Dana White have been friends for a long time, since before he even got started with the UFC. We’ve talked about FIGHT PASS showing a fight (of mine) and it has come about perfectly.”

ON HIS FINAL FIGHT

“It feels different. I’m emotional even thinking about how I’m going to feel on the day. I’m almost tearing up talking. I’m worried about how I am going to feel all day of the fight. I may be crying all day – but once I am in the ring I’ll have to put those tears away because there’s gonna be a guy in the other corner looking to beat me. Scott Sigmon won’t care about those tears. He cares about getting the win, that’s the reality.

 

“I turned professional in May 1989 in this same arena, but I’ve been doing this since 1979. In 39 years there’s not been a single day where I didn’t put on glove, skip, watch tape or spend time thinking about boxing. 

 

“Boxing has been my life and it is my life. I’ve enjoyed every moment of it. So much of it is still fresh (in my mind), not one thing but so much jumps out when I look back… representing my country at the Olympics in 1988, becoming a world champion for the first time, becoming the No.1 pound-for-pound vs James Toney, winning the world heavyweight title… like it was all yesterday.”

ON GETTING OLDER

“I’m not sad to get older, we all get old. I had a great prime. I was good in my prime, y’know? I wasn’t surprised that I was getting old, and that my abilities were getting more limited. Everybody knows everybody gets old, but I think some guys really don’t think their body will get old.

 

“I accepted it. People told me to retire but I knew what I could do and I’ve never let anyone tell me what to do.

 

“There are things I wanted to accomplish that I knew were no longer within my reach. I love boxing, even out of my prime I love boxing like I did when I was champ. But you can’t go on forever no matter how much you love it. It’s time, I’m ready to say goodbye.”

ON KEY CAREER FIGHTS

Vs Bernard Hopkins, May 22, 1993, wins IBF middleweight title on points

“It was a good fight for my first world title. The thing about that fight was I just wanted to make sure I stayed smart and I stayed focused because one of the first goals in my life was to turn professional and become a world champion. I felt a lot of pressure on my back because this was what I’d worked so hard to do for all those years. I fought the fight with one hand due to injury, but I did what I needed to become world champion.”

Vs James Toney , Nov 18, 1994, wins IBF super-middleweight title on points

“I was already a world champion, but he was the boss. James Toney was The Man at that time, they were calling him the best pound-for-pound fighter in the world, and to be the man you have to beat The Man. I couldn’t just get a win, I had to dominate him and show the world that not only was he not the best pound-for-pound, but there was no-one else close to Roy Jones Junior. And that’s what happened. I annihilated the man, dominated him. That was my coming-out party, I showed all my weapons in that fight, I showed everyone, no, hey, this is what the best pound-for-pound fighter in the world really looks like!”

Vs Montel Griffin II, Aug 7, 1997, regains WBC light heavyweight title via first round KO

“Losing my undefeated record the way I did (on a controversial disqualification five months earlier) was really bad for me. Y’know, even though everybody who ever saw that thought it was wrong, my undefeated record was still gone. Done. They took my “and 0” away and there was no getting it back. So the second fight came and I made sure to prove who was the better fighter.

 

“It wasn’t personal. I don’t blame the guy, he didn’t decide to disqualify me for nothin’. It was a life lesson, that’s life. But I made sure nobody would ever think he was a better fighter than me in that rematch.”

 

Vs John Ruiz, March 1, 2003, wins WBA heavyweight title on points 

“I wanted to be a world champion my whole life but I never once thought of the heavyweight title until it presented itself. This was something that God gave me, way and above more than I ever asked for or expected. It was the chance to make history, to do something nobody would dream of me doing.

 

“This was history, the first fighter to jump from middleweight to win the heavyweight title in over 100 years. John Ruiz had no clue what he was dealing with or what he was facing. He found out the hard way.”

ON HOW HE WOULD LIKE TO BE REMEMBERED

“The great thing today is it don’t matter what anyone says or what anyone writes, you can type “sickest boxing highlights” into YouTube or Google and you see Roy Jones Junior doing this thing. Nobody can change your mind after you see that. That is pound-for-pound! I did what I did – it happened – it is a fact.

 

“Nobody else comes close. You can watch me side-by-side with anyone and it’s not close.

 

“Floyd Mayweather was TBE (The Best Ever) at making money, but look at his highlights and look at mine. You can’t pretend it’s the same. You can’t pretend there’s ever been anyone come close to doing what I did. Nobody you could name could touch me – and I’m talking about nobody who’s around now, nobody who was around in my prime, and nobody who was around any time you can mention outta your mouth.

 

“In my prime, I was the ruler. Simple as that.

 

“I understand there’s a lot of great fighters who’ve followed me already since I was the champ – and I hope there’s another who comes along does even better because want to see that – but I haven’t seen anyone do what I did yet. I haven’t seen anyone turn pro at 154lbs and win the heavyweight championship of the world.

 

“Even the great Sugar Ray Robinson, the pound-for-pound guy that he was, couldn’t win the light heavyweight title after turning pro as a welterweight. He had a difficult time trying that. So that tells you how hard it is to jump up that kind of weight and win.

 

“So, pound-for-pound the greatest of all time? It isn’t hard to figure out, Roy Jones Junior is your king of the hill.”

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WFC REGRESA AL AGUA CALIENTE CASINO ESTE SABADO 10 DE FEBRERO

Feb 7, 2018

WFC REGRESA AL AGUA CALIENTE CASINO ESTE SABADO 10 DE FEBRERO

El boxeo profesional en vivo regresa al Agua Caliente Casino de Rancho Mirage California con la edición número 83 de “World Fighting Championship” (WFC) en una función que se realizará este sábado 10 de febrero y que incluirá a los más talentosos prospectos del desierto del Sur de California.

La WFC es una empresa de boxeo que busca darle taller a boxeadores jóvenes que apenas comienza sus carreras y donde puedan tener una oportunidad de desarrollar su talento en un escenario profesional ante un público local que los seguirá el resto de su carrera profesional.

También estará en acción Javier “Boom Boom” Padilla (4-0-1,4 KO’s) de Rancho Mirage, quien es entrenado y manejado por el experimentado entrenador Joel Díaz Padilla y quien logró un espectacular nocaut el pasado 24 de junio en este mismo escenario donde se presenta por tercera ocasión.

Padilla estará en acción en una pelea pactada a cuatro rounds en peso pluma ante Brennan Benton (0-1) de Costa Mesa, California.

La WFC ha presentado 82 funciones de boxeo y Artes Marciales (MMA) a lo largo y ancho de Estados Unidos en los últimos cinco años, pero éste será su tercer evento en California. Sus funciones les brindan oportunidades de destacar su talento de jóvenes locales ante su propia gente.

“Hemos tenido la fortuna de tener el respaldo de casinos y sin el respaldo de los boxeadores locales, entrenadores y aficionados no hubieran tenido el éxito que hemos tenido. Venimos de nuestro mejor año ya que promovimos 19 eventos en el 2017 y el 2018 luce aún más ocupado con la mejorías de nuestra funciones serán de boxeo”, dijo el presidente de la WFC, Matt McGovern.

Las puertas se abrirán a las 6:00 de la tarde y la primera pelea será a las 7:00 de la noche.

Los boletos tienen un precio de $60 (Ringside), $40 (Premium) y $25 (Admisión General) en el Mezzanine y Balcón y pueden ser adquiridos en: www.hotwatercasino.com/wfc-boxing.

World Fighting Championships™ presenta lo mejor del talento local y promueven eventos llenos de energía con mujeres hermosas y boxeo explosivo a lo largo de la noche. World Fighting Championships™ se dedica a darle a los mejores atletas en el deporte un lugar en donde demostrar su talento. Venga a vivir la acción en vivo en una de las mejores sedes en el sur de california.

El pesaje oficial para la función será este viernes 9 de febrero en “The Lounge” del Agua Caliente Casino y estará abierto al público. Comenzará a las 5:30 de la tarde y todos los aficionados están invitados para apoyar a sus boxeadores favoritos.

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SHOWTIME SPORTS TO PRESENT ANTHONY JOSHUA vs. JOSEPH PARKER HEAVYWEIGHT WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP UNIFICATION MARCH 31 LIVE ON SHOWTIME

Feb 7, 2018

SHOWTIME SPORTS® TO PRESENT ANTHONY JOSHUA vs. JOSEPH PARKER HEAVYWEIGHT WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP UNIFICATION SATURDAY, MARCH 31 LIVE ON SHOWTIME®

All Four Heavyweight World Championship Titles At Stake On Industry-Leading 2018 SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING® Schedule

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NEW YORK – February 5, 2018 – SHOWTIME Sports will present the heavyweight world championship unification between undefeated IBF and WBA World Champion Anthony Joshua and unbeaten WBO World Champion Joseph Parker on Saturday, March 31 live on SHOWTIME from Principality Stadium in Cardiff, Wales.

The British sensation Joshua, who has knocked out all 20 of his professional opponents, burst onto the global scene with a dramatic knockout of long-reigning heavyweight kingpin Wladimir Klitschko in the universally acclaimed 2017 Fight of the Year. In two fights last year, Joshua drew 168,000 spectators combined to massive stadium events in the U.K. Now, he faces another significant challenge in Parker, a native of New Zealand with 24 wins, no losses and 18 knockouts.  Parker is attempting the third world title defense of his WBO belt.

With the addition of Joshua vs. Parker, all four heavyweight world championship belts will be at stake in the same month on SHOWTIME as undefeated American Deontay Wilder (39-0, 38 KOs) will defend his WBC title against unbeaten Luis Ortiz (28-0, 24 KOs) on Saturday, March 3 from Barclays Center in Brooklyn. The four top-rated heavyweights — Wilder, Ortiz, Joshua and Parker — boast a combined record of 111 wins, zero losses and 100 knockouts.

Both heavyweight championships are cornerstones of a remarkable 2018 SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING schedule that now includes 16 undefeated fighters and 13 world titles fights across 11 marquee events through the first six months of the year.

“The heavyweight division is in the midst of a renaissance, and SHOWTIME is delivering all of the pivotal bouts to our subscribers,” said Stephen Espinoza, President, Sports and Event Programing, Showtime Networks Inc. “Anthony Joshua is a global superstar, and we’re proud to present his sixth, and perhaps most challenging, world title fight to the U.S. audience. Joshua vs. Parker will be the 12th heavyweight world championship match on SHOWTIME since Deontay Wilder won his title in 2015, an undisputed industry-leading offering in boxing’s preeminent division.”

Joshua vs. Parker is just the second heavyweight championship unification in history between undefeated world titleholders. The only fighter to emerge victorious from a matchup of unbeaten heavyweight world champions was Mike Tyson in 1987.

The event is promoted by Matchroom Boxing in association with Duco Events. SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING will televise the event live from Principality Stadium where organizers expect a sell-out of 80,000 spectators. The host of SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING is Brian Custer. Mauro Ranallo calls the action from ringside along with International Boxing Hall of Fame analyst Al Bernstein and former two-division world champion Paul Malignaggi. SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSIP BOXING is produced by David Dinkins Jr, and directed by Chuck McKean. The start time for the March 31 telecast will be announced.

Showtime Networks Inc. (SNI), a wholly-owned subsidiary of CBS Corporation, owns and operates the premium television networks SHOWTIME®, THE MOVIE CHANNEL™ and FLIX®, and also offers SHOWTIME ON DEMAND®, THE MOVIE CHANNEL™ ON DEMAND and FLIX ON DEMAND®, and the network’s authentication service SHOWTIME ANYTIME®. Showtime Digital Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of SNI, operates the stand-alone streaming service SHOWTIME®. SHOWTIME is currently available to subscribers via cable, DBS and telco providers, and as a stand-alone streaming service through Apple®, Roku®, Amazon, Google, Xbox One and Samsung. Consumers can also subscribe to SHOWTIME via Hulu, YouTube TV, Sling TV, DirecTV Now, Sony PlayStation® Vue and Amazon Channels. SNI also manages Smithsonian Networks, a joint venture between SNI and the Smithsonian Institution, which offers Smithsonian Channel, and offers Smithsonian Earththrough SN Digital LLC. SNI markets and distributes sports and entertainment events for exhibition to subscribers on a pay-per-view basis through SHOWTIME PPV®. For more information, go to www.SHO.com

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